The UK’s 50 most fabulous independent shops

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Bertie’s of Bay

This practice apparel brand’s niche is reviving the nautical styles traditionally worn connected the Yorkshire coastline wherever it is situated. It was started successful 2016 by Matthew Pugh (“With £500 successful my pouch for banal and a imagination of creating thing upmarket, unsocial and special”), who soon began moving with section historians to reinvent the classical fisherman’s sweater without seams, utilizing 100% British oiled wool, which is what radical question this Robin Hood’s Bay nook retired for.
The Old Bakery, Chapel Street, Robin Hood’s Bay YO22 4SQ (

Crane & Kind

Run by sisters Jemma Lascelles and Polly McLachlan, household manner store Crane & Kind stocks children’s clothing, toys and essentials “from tiny indie enterprises often started by women similar america with a passionateness for creating thing beautiful”, says McLachlan. As good arsenic items which are fun, forward-thinking, sustainable and representative, the duo’s Live Kind inaugural sees proceeds from their in-house-designed postulation donated to children’s wards, and to make attraction packages for bereaved parents and survivors of home abuse.
Market Square, Sidmouth EX10 8AR (

Triangle Store

Stocking Universal Works cardigans alongside Grown Alchemist toiletries and LF Markey dungarees, this Clapton store is the effect of “local and loyal customers”, says laminitis Tory Mullen, who started it arsenic a vintage store successful 2014 earlier diversifying her offering successful 2017 to go 1 of the East End’s astir fashionable destinations for curated cool. Mullen present besides designs a enactment of jewellery each season, made by Karin Andreasson and besides disposable online wherever minutes could easy crook into hours.
81 Chatsworth Road, London E5 0LH (

Not Just Another Store

Joel Adebayo photographed astatine  his store   “Not Just Another Store” located successful  a loft flat  successful  Shoreditch. Joel Adebayo is the Co-founder of “Not Just Another Store” and UTTER Group, a retail institution  and consulting steadfast  that helps retail companies and manner  brands with concern  development, selling  strategy   (including nonstop  to user  strategies) arsenic  good   arsenic  manufacturing.
‘It’s a blessing to beryllium here’: Joel Adebayo. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer

Featuring much than 25 planetary and autarkic brands spanning fashion, literature, art, homeware and interiors by designers from crossed the globe, Not Just Another Store focuses connected “experiences, radical and culture”, says co-founder Joel Adebayo. From emerging designers specified arsenic Sandy Liang to much established, sustainable brands similar Re/Done, it’s a affluent mix. “To beryllium an autarkic concern successful the UK is simply a privilege and a blessing – we get to physique a assemblage of consumers who go an integral portion of our ngo to service and invigorate high-street retail.”
8-13 New Inn Street, London EC2A 3PY (

Angela Flanders

For those who privation to immerse themselves successful the heady satellite of perfumery, Angela Flanders perfumers is an immersive experience. Founded eponymously successful 1985, it continues to thrive connected London’s Columbia Road, present tally by her girl Kate, who presides implicit in-house scents, specified arsenic amber noir, bluebell and mandarin and mint. Home fragrance, skincare and therapeutics are besides disposable successful store and via its boutique-style website that beautifully mirrors the romance of its bricks-and-mortar shop.
96 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB (

The Green and Found

 Adolfo Ramos Alicart and James Shouli.
‘Everyone is truthful supportive’: Adolfo Ramos Alicart and James Shouli. Photograph: Jo Bridges/The Observer

Describing itself arsenic a “sanctuary of art, trade and nature,”, Green and Found sells everything from vintage planters and recovered objects to a colourful enactment of moulded solid candles – each of which are constricted edition, artisanal oregon hand-crafted. Founded by James Shouli and Adolfo Ramos Alicart successful December 2020, it has already go an integral portion of the vibrant Deal assemblage and an online go-to, with a regularly updated website. “We wanted the store to beryllium a spot that is thoughtful, idiosyncratic and with genuinely idiosyncratic service. And everyone successful Deal has been truthful supportive,” says Shouli.
Captain’s Garden Stables, Victoria Road, Deal CT14 7BA (

Studio Muse

Specialists successful handmade vegan quality and location fragrances, Studio Muse successful Pontcanna is “a heart-led marque championing self-love and feeling bully again”, says owner, and erstwhile quality manufacture professional, Amy Adams. Alongside the luxurious section spa goodies, candles and diffusers, Adams delights successful British-grown, fresh-cut flowers, plastic-free floral plan and “spending clip curating our marque to work our section community”.
1A Pontcanna Street, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9HQ (

Last Night I Dreamt

With well-known and emerging jewellery brands sitting beside each other, Nottingham boutique Last Night I Dreamt is simply a carnal and online dreamscape for magpies. Founder Rebecca Gibbons’s raison d’être is quality connection. “We acquisition laughter and tears, radical sharing their stories and leaving our boutique happier than erstwhile they came successful and with stunning sparkles successful hand! I judge it’s this transportation and magic that tin lone beryllium recovered successful tiny independents.”
6-8 Queens Street, Southwell NG25 0AA (


Situated successful the bosom of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, Fabhatrix sells hats that are handmade utilizing British wools, felts, tweeds and cottons. You sanction it, it has it, from trilbies to tricorns, silk fascinators made utilizing vintage brooches and whimsical patched apical hats utilizing upcycled Harris tweed jackets. Established by milliner Fawns Reid successful 2002, it has go a metropolis destination that prides itself connected its assortment arsenic good arsenic its wide scope of sizes.
13 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh EH1 1JY (

Eye Room

 Tomas and Hafiya Oppedal, Eye Room.
‘We thrive connected alternatives’: Tomas and Hafiya Oppedal, Eye Room. Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer

Run by husband-and-wife duo Tomas and Hafiya Oppedal, Eye Room is the lone autarkic opticians successful Leeds metropolis centre. Specialising successful frames from different autarkic optical brands, it has been bringing its marque of hygge to Yorkshire with its Scandinavian-style store since 2015. Being autarkic is cardinal to what they do, says Tomas. “We thrive connected offering an alternate to those who question to beryllium individual, and emotion the connections we marque with our customers.”
9 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ (

Robinson’s Shoes

Founded successful 1954 by Billy Robinson arsenic a footwear repair shop, Robinson’s has evolved to go a steadfast favourite connected the Belfast footwear scene, having been taken implicit by son-in-law Robin Stewart. Selling classical arsenic good arsenic modern takes connected accepted shoes, specified arsenic loafers, Derby and vessel shoes for men and women, its ain Robinson Irish Brogue remains its niche product.
25-27 Queens Arcade, Belfast BT1 5FE (

London Undercover

Honouring the creation of umbrella making successful a modern context, London Undercover is the concealed go-to superior autarkic for manner brands and brolly aficionados alike. Hand made utilizing accepted techniques and craftsmanship, its offering spans classical wooden-handled covers and mundane foldable options successful neon greens. At its impossible-to-choose-from online shop, personalisation by mode of engraved collars and leather foils allows customers to marque this quintessentially British accessory other special.
28 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LE (


 Kalkidan Legesse.
‘It’s astir amended choices’: Kalkidan Legesse. Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Observer

An aboriginal advocator of making sustainable manner desirable, Sancho’s opened successful Exeter successful 2015, established by Kalkidan Legesse and Vidmantas Markevicius. Its ngo was to “help radical marque much environmentally dependable choices”, and it curated an offering of much than 100 verified sustainable manner brands to assistance them bash it. “We get to physique a like-minded community, enactment brands that are changing the satellite and find ways to creatively correspond our values some connected the precocious thoroughfare and online,” says Legesse. To complement their curated brands, they person precocious launched their ain enactment of fabric loungewear, besides disposable connected its body-positive website.
117 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3JQ (

North Street Potters

A section instauration for potters and aspirational ceramicists, North Street Potters has “remained determinedly independent”, says its laminitis Naine Woodrow, since she acceptable it up successful 1978. Making hand-thrown tableware, she has ensured her section concern has “gone from spot to spot with precise galore women moving and grooming with america implicit the years”. Their pieces are for merchantability astatine affordable prices and not lone sought retired “enthusiastically” by caller customers, but restaurants, too, acknowledgment to the made-to-order option.
24 North Street, London SW4 0HB (

Merchant & Mills

Founded by Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field successful 2010 to radiance a airy connected the creation of sewing, handmade fabrics and pattern-cutting, this Rye store is determination you tin warrant connected uncovering a uncommon and unsocial rotation of cloth, from earthy linen and ikat weave to triple-stripe ticking. Meanwhile, its online haberdashery not lone sells the champion scissors, buttons and different tools, but besides sewing patterns which travel with elaborate notes connected what you’ll request to marque your own.
14a Tower Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7AT (


Diaries, pencils and Post-its ne'er looked truthful good, acknowledgment to Papersmiths. As good arsenic stocking niche brands from astir the satellite successful store and connected its colourful website, it has its ain charming enactment of British-made notebooks with multicoloured pages. Run by Sidonie Warren (who started the concern successful 2013 “with £500, tons of assistance from household and friends and an obsession with stationery and insubstantial goods”), its 3 shops – the different 2 are successful London – thrive disconnected “community-driven, originative neighbourhoods”, says Warren.
21 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EN (

Present & Correct

“If it’s nerdy and attractive, past it’s in!” says Neal Whittington, the graphic decorator who founded stationers Present & Correct successful 2009. In its existent Clerkenwell determination (and via its ridiculously shoppable website), customers tin expect to find “everything from postage stamps, aged forms and labels, pencils and notebooks up to table organisers, elephantine paperclips and toolboxes”, which helium sources from much than 18 countries. Highlights see caller and vintage bureau supplies and a retro enactment of “pick ’n’ mix” erasers.
23 Arlington Way, London EC1R 1UY (

Janet Bell

Started by husband-and-wife Janet and Sean Bell successful 2007, Beaumaris-based Janet Bell Gallery & Lifestyle Store sells archetypal acrylic and watercolour artworks by Janet, depicting the sweeping vistas of the Anglesey coast, complemented by Scandinavian homeware successful a motion to her Danish roots. “We emotion being capable to enactment different tiny businesses, and enactment with galore section independents successful championing the beauteous Isle of Anglesey and what it has to offer,” she says.
11 Church Street, Beaumaris LL58 8AB (

Born & Bred

Born & Bred is simply a studio-cum-shop wherever customers tin ticker makers, artists and jewellers work, and past bargain their creations. Established by silversmith Linzi Rooney, who recovered herself looking for institution portion she was freelancing solo from location with a newborn successful 2014, it has go a abstraction for radical to mingle, get inspired and enactment each different successful mounting up their ain autarkic ventures. “Our extremity is to assistance makers instrumentality originative projects from hobbies and side-hustles to profitable, sustainable businesses,” says Rooney.
60-62 Ann Street Belfast BT1 4EG (

House By Betty

With a absorption connected household accessories that are “useful, beauteous and not implicit fussy, whether they are 100 years aged oregon new,” House By Betty is an emporium of treasures. Founded by Lauren Treharne consecutive from university, it is present situated successful a nationalist gathering successful Carmarthen, acknowledgment to a crowdfunding effort during the pandemic, patrons of which tin present container marbled enamel mugs, rattan mirrors, bamboo rakes and woody postcards, each of which marque Treharne’s discerning mix.
17 St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen SA31 1GA (

Form Lifestyle Store

The Manchester-based Form Lifestyle Store specialises successful small-batch ceramics thrown successful the UK by makers who founders Elly Amoroso and Harry Williams enactment intimately with and support. Stocking lone small, autarkic artisans successful their Northern Quarter store and connected their beautifully changeable website, the brace eschew big-name brands to guarantee transparency and radiance a airy connected talented, unsung creatives. “The pieces that we banal person been made dilatory and with care; with a absorption connected earthy materials, longevity, and simplicity successful design,” says Amoroso.
6 Bradley Street, Manchester M1 1EH (

Les Couilles du Chien

“The quality of being an autarkic is the state to connection customers a precise idiosyncratic edit of items from each implicit the world,” says Jerome Dodd, laminitis of antique store Les Couilles du Chien successful London’s Golbourne Road. His store has been a destination for interior fiends since 1994. “Our motto of ‘re-use the past to make the future’ could not beryllium much apt astatine a clip erstwhile sustainability should beryllium apical of each our thoughts erstwhile making purchases,” helium says.
65 Golborne Road, London W10 5NP (

Retro Vintage

Founder Stuart Murray lone discovered his passionateness for midcentury furnishings 4 years ago, but, “It was love-at-first-sight,” helium says. “I wondered if I could marque capable of a surviving from dealing successful these fantastic items to let maine to indulge my ain emotion of design.” Fast guardant to 2021 and he’s getting to bash both, with a showroom successful cardinal Glasgow and the different conscionable extracurricular successful Stewarton, wherever helium was brought up. “It’s truly bully to beryllium bringing the concern here,” helium says. His website gets a play update, too, with archetypal pieces by Breuer and Eames.
44-45 Magbiehill Park, Stewarton KA3 3DX (

Bound Concept

Bound Concept is 1 of Belfast’s apical spots for a “sculptural ceramic vase oregon lighting that serves arsenic functional art”, says co-founder Tara Thallon. Drawing inspiration from her travels, Thallon, on with co-founder Natalie Davis, stocks items by a scope of autarkic artists and rising stars – specified arsenic Slowdown Studio’s embroidered rugs, and Kristina Dam Studio with its minimalist cabinets and glassware – successful its store and connected its website, which resembles an interiors sprout of its own. “When you spell to a beauteous metropolis for the archetypal time, it is the autarkic and wonderfully unsocial stores tally by hard-working enthusiasts that you ever remember,” she says.
108 North Street, Belfast BT1 1LE (

Nil Living

Starting disconnected arsenic a marketplace stall earlier taking up residence successful Newcastle’s Grainger Market, Lucy Ritson’s chic and colourful Nil Living emporium is the archetypal dedicated zero-waste refill store successful the city. Loved for its liquid and nutrient refills, including everything from manus sanitiser to washing detergent connected tap, its bare-brick trendy New York-style interior puts sustainability and benignant broadside by side. “I recovered adapting to a zero-waste manner was overwhelming, clip consuming and not easy, truthful I founded Nil Living to springiness everyone the prime of a sustainable lifestyle,” says Ritson.
The Grainger Market, Grainger Street, Newcastle NE1 5QW (


Situated successful proprietor Lula Oatley’s “dream premises” astatine the apical of Catherine Hill successful Frome, Pilea Plants is location to classical arsenic good arsenic much antithetic houseplants, specified arsenic the Alocasia Baginda Dragon Scale – different known arsenic the exotic elephant ear. Oatley’s MO is educating her customers “so that they consciousness assured taking a works location and nurturing it. Most plants aren’t provided with the accusation needed to cognize however to support them happy,” she adds.
16 Catherine Hill, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BZ (

Objects of Use

A trailblazer successful the genre of modern hardware stores, Objects of Use could beryllium mistaken for an architects’ oregon artists’ workplace specified is its curation of modern craft-led home, gardening and camping tools. Conceived by Alexis Dexter and Hazel Rattigan, the store collaborates with autarkic designers to bring consciously made utensils and accessories from astir the satellite to a UK audience, venturing to Japan, Korea, and Finland, arsenic good arsenic staying local.
6 Lincoln House, Market Street, Oxford OX1 3EQ (

Jacksons Nurseries

Family-run Jacksons Nurseries has been a Staffordshire favourite for much than 50 years, but acknowledgment to its incredibly broad and regularly updated website that offers customers the enactment to bargain by angiosperm colour, flowering time, foliage benignant and hardiness, it has go a UK jewel. With a workplace store and a beverage room, it is simply a large spot to halt for a scone earlier perusing its postulation of secateurs.
Thorney Edge Road, Bagnall, Stoke-on-Trent ST9 9LE (

David Penton & Son

An oldie and ever a goody, David Penton & Son is the benignant of hardware DIY store that each others are modelled on. Still trading from Marylebone Lane wherever it has been doing truthful for 167 years, it present besides offers a delightful website wherever you tin bargain each the things you can’t find anyplace immoderate much – Ajax powder, Red Buoy soap, banister brushes, oregon outpouring balance, anyone? (If they haven’t got it they volition effort to bid it.)
64 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2PE (

The Goods Shed

“Our main intent is to beryllium a level oregon conduit for section nutrient for Kentish farmers, this hasn’t ever been the easiest enactment but is our crushed for existence,” says manager Susanna Salt, laminitis of nutrient hallway The Good Shed successful Canterbury which is wide regarded arsenic foodie Nirvana. The finest section meats and cheeses beryllium alongside larder staples and charcuterie delicacies – nutrient which Salt credits to the agility that being an autarkic concern brings. “We person the flexibility and agility to respond positively to the issues facing nutrient proviso concatenation peculiarly the past fewer years,” she says – a flexibility that extends to section transportation via its well-stocked website.
Station Road West, Canterbury CT2 8AN (

Mellis Cheese

 Rory Mellis.
‘We link with customers’: Rory Mellis. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Observer

Established successful 1993 by Iain and Karen Mellis, this family-owned instauration is present tally by their son, Rory. Only dealing with small-scale farmhouse cheesemakers and producers, and specialising connected those from Scotland, the concern prides itself connected getting to cognize everyone who walks done their doors. “Independent businesses person a monolithic vantage successful this consciousness arsenic they tin truly link with their loyal customers, which is the breadstuff and food of immoderate retail business,” says Rory. “Our customers are 1 of the astir important factors to america and we are incredibly thankful to them.”
6 Bakers Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 6SY (

The Bishy Weigh

The Bishy Weigh sells hundreds of eco pantry ingredients – similar dried fruit, cereal and pasta – arsenic good arsenic toiletries and household goods by weight, truthful customers tin refill utilized containers oregon recycled insubstantial bags and debar discarded by buying the magnitude they really need. “We emotion to root our products from section suppliers and producers wherever possible,” says Alice Hildred, who started the York concern successful 2018, describes it arsenic “more than conscionable a shop, we are portion of our section community”.
1 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA (

Parish Wines

What this section Walthamstow colony store doesn’t cognize astir vino isn’t worthy Googling. As good arsenic having much than 100 antithetic prime varieties starting astatine decent prices (what it calls its “bang-for-buck” wines), it besides runs a palmy rank nine which starts astatine £33 and a fashionable transportation work via its astir too-easy-to-use website. It runs a loyalty programme, excessively – get 10 stamps, get a vessel of vino for escaped – which has proven much than a small fashionable with locals.
21 Orford Road, Walthamstow Village E17 9NL (

William Curley

If you had to take 1 cocoa store to get locked into, you should marque it this one, from the cheery orangish store beforehand to the beauteous array of chocolates inside, each recovered successful a cute, concealed small courtyard – it’s amazing. Individual chocolates, chocolate-covered dates, chewy bars, biscuits: heaven. Find it and get mislaid successful it.
33 Smith’s Court, London W1D 7DP (


 Meg and Cisco
‘It’s astir magic moments’: Meg and Cisco Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer

Meg and Cisco moved into their blue-tiled Staffordshire store earlier this year. Misco’s barroom balls (gluten free) are legendary, but past truthful are astir of the astonishing chocolates they merchantability – locals are rightly arrogant and boastful of this tiny but beauteous shop. Look for the assorted boxes of delicious small chocolates tied up with colourful bows – ne'er caput astir the cleanable contiguous for anyone else, bargain 1 for yourself. If you’re fortunate they whitethorn beryllium selling homemade crumble-topped stewed effect with ice-cream and caramelised almonds.
14 Sheepmarket, Leek ST13 5HW (

Paul A Young

Although Paul A Young’s Soho store is larger, his Islington store is successful a small passageway, which each adds to the feeling of discovery. The cognition from the chocolatiers is seductive and you tin bargain escaped chocolates, bars oregon blistery chocolate. Look retired for the brownies: whether oregon not you’re a fan, his are amazing.
33 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA (


If you request conscionable 1 crushed to sojourn Dormouse’s small store it could beryllium to bargain its legendary Toasted White chocolate. But determination are besides galore others. There is simply a large halfway postulation of trade cocoa (both its ain and different makers they admire), but besides seasonal offerings successful funky quadrate bars. This Christmas, look retired for Get Stuffed and the Stollen bar.
Unit O, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester M3 4EN (

Pump Street Chocolate

Orford is simply a tiny colony adjacent the seashore of Suffolk, but it has overmuch to offer: it’s location to the Pump Street Bakery, wherever the champion pastries are sold (and radical queue down the street) and close crossed the roadworthy is present a dedicated cocoa store selling not conscionable Pump Street chocolate, but large bars from different makers, too. A favourite present is rye crumb, beverage and oversea salt, but you tin besides find vegan beverage versions and caramelised nuts, blistery cocoa flakes and seasonal cocoa shapes.
1 Pump Street, Orford, Suffolk IP12 2LZ (

Wright’s Food

A store and kitchen, Wright’s is tally by Maryann and Simon Wright, who specialise successful section and integrated nutrient specified arsenic lamb and beef from Pembrokeshire, free-range pork from Carmarthenshire, effect and veg from a workplace successful Cardigan and an ain marque Tomato Catsup reddish condiment named arsenic a motion to the household cat. “Working with different tiny producers means we tin marque usage of gluts, which go chutneys, sauces and the like, and travel unneurotic to enactment each different which has been adjacent much important.”
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8JU (

Monorail Music

With a mind-boggling breadth and extent of caller and secondhand vinyl, and an arsenic bully website, Monorail is regarded arsenic the champion grounds store northbound of the border. Regular customers see section royalty specified arsenic Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, and Optimo, making for an inclusive consciousness of a section euphony assemblage hub.
97 King Street, Glasgow G1 5RB (

Banquet Records

Banquet stocks a decent dispersed of modern vinyl, majoring successful punk/emo. Its USP lies successful its outside-London postcode and yet its adjacent proximity to the capital, which enables bossman/councillor Jon Tolley to enactment connected unrecorded events that don’t clash with London gig exclusivity, successful good-value deals for tickets, albums and merchandise.
52 Eden Street, Kingston, Surrey KT1 1EE (

Kingbee Records

A subsister from the aureate days of grounds collecting successful the 80s, this vinyl instauration successful trendy Chorlton has a estimation arsenic 1 of the champion secondhand shops successful the UK. And Kingbee’s website is good updated with reassuringly costly rarities, peculiarly 1960s popular and bluish soul.
519 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UF (

Resident Music

This hipster’s eden carries each the latest alternative-leaning vinyl releases and reissues, and a important enactment of backmost catalogue, too. Resident’s snazzily presented website besides offers a utile database of section gigs stretching done to precocious 2022, for which tickets tin lone beryllium bought successful idiosyncratic oregon implicit the phone.
28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL (

Honest Jon’s Records

Now unrivalled arsenic London’s astir pan-globalist grounds store, Honest Jon’s has been astatine its Portobello tract since 1974, with fiscal backing from Damon Albarn. It stocks each strand of music, from jazz, blues and reggae, done to creation (Latin, techno, etc) and the much outré worldly that they invitingly telephone “outernational”.
278 Portobello Road, London W10 5TE (

Mr B’s Emporium

For fans of Jane Austen, a sojourn to Bath is simply a must, on with a sojourn to a bookshop which is becoming an instauration successful its ain right. Mr B’s Emporium offers bespoke speechmaking subscription services, arsenic good arsenic “reading spas” wherever a squad subordinate chats done your speechmaking tastes implicit beverage and barroom and past draws up a recommended speechmaking database for you. Just beryllium definite to publication up for those arsenic they are precise popular.
13-15 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL (

Book Corner

This beauteous bookshop successful Saltburn is arsenic charming and elegant arsenic the municipality itself. Owned by budding writer Jenna Warren, it has a large scope of paperbacks, with a peculiar absorption connected modern fiction, and Warren is ever blessed to marque recommendations. Her online store is good stocked, too.
24 Milton Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire TS12 1DG (

The Portobello Bookshop

 immoderate   of the unit   of the ever-popular Portobello bookshop.
Best sellers: immoderate of the unit of the ever-popular Portobello bookshop

In a coastal suburb a fewer miles to the eastbound of Edinburgh’s metropolis centre, this agleam and breezy store is brilliantly stocked with an extended but cautiously chosen scope of titles. Meanwhile, online they merchantability different delights including signed titles, boardgames and stationery.
46 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 1DA (

Salts Mill

Find this gem of a store successful what was erstwhile the largest concern gathering successful the world. Today, the immense gathering is simply a taste centre astatine the bosom of a Unesco satellite practice tract which houses exhibitions, creation galleries and besides this fantastic bookshop which is simply a treasure trove of modern creation titles, poetry, section past arsenic good arsenic signed archetypal editions.
Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA (

Gay’s the Word

Soon aft Gay’s the Word opened successful Bloomsbury successful the precocious 1970s, the contented of its books was considered truthful obscene it was raided by Customs & Excise and its banal seized. The shop’s occurrence successful challenging that presumption was pivotal successful the combat for cheery rights successful the UK. There are present rather a fewer LGBTQ+ bookshops astir the country, but bash halt successful and sojourn the original. It’s inactive a hub of the community, and besides a vibrant and welcoming bookshop.
66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB (

Persephone Books

Persephone has reprinted out-of-print tomes by mid-20th period pistillate writers since Nicola Beauman founded it successful “a country supra a pub” successful 1998. It has present relocated from London to Bath. Novels mingle with cookery books and memoirs. “People inquire however we take our books and the reply is we person to wholly and utterly emotion each azygous one,” says her girl Fran. “It is simply a cliché of publishing that a publication volition not merchantability unless idiosyncratic is passionately down it, but it’s true.”
8 Edgar Buildings, Bath BA1 2EE (